MIAMI -- Even though it's been seven months, Miami Heat guard Ray Allen still hears about it.
He's just accepted his career will most likely be defined by the shot he hit last season against the San Antonio Spurs in the Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The teams meet Sunday for the first time since the Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games to capture their second straight championship.
"People come up to me every day and always want to talk about it," Allen said. "It's their opportunity to mention it. You definitely would much rather have it that way than the other way."
Allen hit the memorable 3-pointer from the corner that forced overtime. The Heat rallied from a five-point deficit with less than 30 seconds remaining before winning 103-100. They then won Game 7 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Allen's wife had a mural painted of the shot. They hang it over the fireplace at their home.
"You think about it," Allen said.
"I think it's forever connected to what we do from here on out. Just being the men that we are, we don't think this is what's supposed happen (Sunday). We don't know how the game is going take place. Even last year, regular season game, we had a pretty good game that went down to the wire. It had nothing to do what we did in the Finals. It's a great matchup. We look forward to playing the game."
Allen said the shot is the greatest of his career. He compared it to the winning basket he made at University of Connecticut to defeat Georgetown in the 1996 Big East championship game.
"To me, each shot means something different to each individual, regardless of where I was," Allen said.
"If you're a college junkie, then that (shot against Georgetown) means something to you because that's what you're invested in. ... It depends who you talk to. For me, doing it on such a grand stage and the implications of it, the emotional roller coaster we were on, there was nothing bigger than that."
Oden expected to play
Center Greg Oden did not practice Saturday but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he is expected to be available Sunday.
Oden was held out after playing a season-high 10 minutes Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He was able to do some conditioning," Spoelstra said. "He did some individual work before practice. I'll evaluate him (Sunday). Everything's been good."
Allen assists 'Battioke'
Forward Shane Battier's annual karaoke event has become one of the Heat's most popular fundraisers. Without Allen, Battier might not have ever come up with the idea.
Battier copied the function from Allen, who did a similar event when he was with Seattle SuperSonics. Battier picked up on it when he was playing with the Houston Rockets.
"I started it in Seattle," Allen said. "The guy who I worked with actually ended up moving to Houston and working with Shane. That's how they got the idea going there ... (Battier) told me last year, he said, 'that's where I got the idea from.' "
Battier will hold the event Monday in Miami. All proceeds will benefit his Take Charge Foundation, which raises scholarship money for area youths.
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